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What Is the False Claims Act (FCA) and How Does It Work?

The FCA

Signed by Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, and known as the Lincoln Law, the federal FCA allows anyone with credible evidence of fraud against the government to bring a whistleblower lawsuit against the offending entity in the name of the federal government. Since its inception, most states, and multiple municipalities across the country, have adopted mirror images of the federal FCA law.

Signs of Fraud in the Healthcare Industry

The False Claims Act makes it illegal to falsify records or make false claims of any kind regarding a federal healthcare program. Unfortunately, some healthcare providers and individual employees still deceive the federal government to pocket extra money, filling their claims with technical medical jargon to hide their fraud. Given the importance of a trustworthy healthcare system and the lack of policing of this type of deception, the role of the whistleblower is crucial.

Worried About Whistleblower Retaliation? Here’s What You Need To Know

“Whistleblowing” is when someone notifies authorities that a company or agency they work for has defrauded the government. Whistleblowing is an act of public service, as it helps prevent the waste and theft of taxpayer funds.

Unfortunately, whistleblowing can make your employer angry, and they may seek retaliation against you. If you have filed a whistleblower complaint, or are considering filing one, you may be concerned about potential retaliation. Here are a few things you should know about whistleblower retaliation and what you can do to protect yourself.